Artist Certification

Artist Certification Guidelines and Application – rolling deadline

The BRA has also piloted a certification process to ensure that only artists occupy artist spaces. Artists who are interested in becoming eligible to apply for live/work housing (rental and ownership) that requires artist certification can apply to be certified by a panel of peers through a mail-in application.

Download  Artist Certification Guidelines 2012a.

WHAT IS AN ARTIST CERTIFICATE?

An Artist Certificate is a letter from the BRA to an artist that confirms that the artist has been reviewed by a committee of peers and is “certified” as a working artist. An Artist Certificate qualifies an artist for a period of five years as eligible for artist spaces. Upon expiration, an artist will need to seek new certification.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN ARTIST CERTIFICATE?

Any artist who can demonstrate to a committee of peers that they have a recent body of work as an artist, and who requires loft-style space to support that work, is eligible. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

WHY DO I NEED AN ARTIST CERTIFICATE?

The BRA has launched a special initiative designed to retain and expand space for artists in Boston. A central element in this new initiative is the creation of new space permanently dedicated to artists through deed restrictions or other legally binding covenants. An individual who seeks to rent or purchase one of these artist spaces will be required to submit a current Artist Certificate as proof of eligibility.

WHO REVIEWS THE APPLICATION AND MAKES DECISIONS REGARDING CERTIFICATION?

Each application and related attachments is presented to a peer review committee. The committee is comprised from a pool of Boston artists and arts professionals who have been nominated to serve in this capacity. To make a nomination contact Heidi Burbidge at (617) 918-4306.

The peer review committee certifies whether each applicant is able to demonstrate that s/he is a working artist. The decision of the peer review committee will be final. If an applicant is not certified during this round, s/he can reapply in a future round with further information.

HOW DO I GET AN ARTIST CERTIFICATE?

To obtain an Artist Certificate, an artist must submit a simple application form. Please see below for the guidelines and attached application document.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Each application must consist of materials from each of the first two bulleted categories listed below and in the next column. Formal training in the arts is not required for certification but please include relevant info if applicable. Letters of support are optional.

Evidence of a recent body of work, created in the past 3 years, as documented in support materials such as CD’s, slides, jpg’s or other digital images, DVD’s, video and/or audiotapes; production photographs; scripts, works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. Support materials need to be labeled (i.e. artist’s name, date of work)—do not submit original artwork nor URL addresses;

Evidence that the artist has presented his/her work in exhibition, performance, readings or comparable public programming, as documented in a resume, sample programs/invitations, catalogs, press clips, etc;

Evidence that the artist has formal training in the arts, as documented in an artist resume that summarizes that training;

Up to 3 letters of recommendation from artists and/or arts professionals (i.e., curators, producers, teachers, etc.) who are recognized within the arts community and who will attest that the applicant is a serious, working artist. Please ask letter-writer to specify his/her position. Please note: only submit letters of recommendation if you cannot present evidence of recent body of work, evidence of formal training and/or evidence that you have presented your work publicly.

Application and supporting materials should be mailed to: Artist Certification, Boston

Redevelopment Authority,

attn: Heidi Burbidge,

One City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201-1007

Applications will be reviewed during the next peer review panel process. If you enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope, your materials will be returned to you within two months after the review is complete. The decision of the Peer Review Panel will be final. Please be sure to submit a complete application documenting your work.

AUTOMATIC CERTIFICATION

Automatic certification is granted to artists who have received recent fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Any artist who has been named a fellow or finalist through the Artist Grant Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council in the past three calendar years is automatically eligible to receive an Artist Certificate. We cannot automatically certify artists who have received grants from their local arts lottery and/or the MCC’s Professional Development Grant Program, as they do not use a similar review process. If you are such an artist, you must submit a basic application. If you do qualify under this guideline and want to obtain an Artist Certificate, please fill out the attached application form only and send the application along with a copy of your award letter from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Pending confirmation from MCC, your Artist Certificate will be issued.

For information about the artist certification process and future deadlines, contact Heidi Burbidge, Senior Project Manager, Boston Redevelopment Authority Artist Space Initiative at (617) 918-4306 or Heidi.Burbidge.BRA@cityofboston.gov